SNR #100: Ciaran O’ Regan – Working With Athletes, Operating by Principles & The Learning Process

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SNR #100: Ciaran O’ Regan – Working With Athletes, Operating by Principles & The Learning Process

Episode 100: To mark the 100 episode milestone, I chat with my good friend Ciaran O’ Regan. Ciaran is a sports scientist, strength & conditioning coach and a heavyweight amateur boxer. 

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Guest Bio

Ciaran O’ Regan


Ciaran is a strength & conditioning coach with an undergraduate degree in Sports & Exercise Science from the University of Limerick. He has worked with elite athletes in various sports such as swimming and rugby, including spending time coaching at Connacht Rugby.

Ciaran’s real passion is combat sports, having won provincial championships in amateur boxing. He is a native of Limerick, Ireland but more recently has been based in Boston, MA.

 In this episode we discuss:

  • Principles vs. Methods
  • The learning process: Focusing on the process vs. focusing on outcomes
  • Confirmation bias and self-selection of viewpoints
  • Focusing on the minutia of nutrition – missing the forest for the trees
  • Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands (SAID)
  • What makes a great coach? – Lessons from Greg Jackson, John Kavanagh & Mark Dellagrotte
  • Musashi’s Book of 5 Rings as an operating system for life
  • Using different training modalities with athletes
  • The importance of not speaking in absolutes in fitness and sports science
  • Personality differences & personality profiling in coaching practice

Links & Resources:

Click Here to Download Ciaran’s recommended book list

Follow Ciaran on Instagram: ct_quarrelsome 

Ciaran on Facebook 

Book Of 5 Rings – Miyamoto Musashi

Choke – Rickson Gracie documentary

The Rise of Superman – Steven Kotler

The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin

Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink

Sex At Dawn – Dr. Christopher Ryan

Joe Rogan Experience

Tangentially Speaking London Real

Dunning-Kruger Effect

Diet Cults – Matt Fitzgerald Better Than Before – Gretchen Rubin


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Click Here to Download Ciaran’s recommended book list